Note: This story was updated at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 22.
Information from WYSH Radio
A head-on collision involving a tractor-trailer in Oliver Springs on Sunday night killed one person and shut down Highway 61 leading into Oliver Springs for about 22 hours while crews cleaned up debris.
The Oliver Springs Police Department said that the fatal crash happened when a tractor-trailer dump truck was struck head-on by a car that crossed over the center line. The collision sent the tractor-trailer off the road and down an embankment, where it overturned and spilled diesel fuel and its cargo of sand.
OSPD Chief Kenny Morgan said the driver of the car was killed in the crash. The driver was later identified as Willis Millican, 52, of Oliver Springs.
Police said Millican had been headed east in a car shortly before midnight Sunday when he crossed the center line into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with the tractor-trailer dump truck. Millican died at the scene, while the driver of the truck, a 30-year-old Jacksboro man, was injured. The truck driver was taken to a hospital, treated for his injuries, and later released.
The Oliver Springs Fire Department was able to contain the diesel fuel, which spilled into a nearby creek, and crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation arrived at the crash site Monday to clean the debris.
TDOT officials announced late Monday night that all lanes of Tri-County Boulevard had been reopened, some 22 hours after the crash occurred.
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